XpressNet

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Current version used is 3.6.
Forum discussion here


Setup



Hostname/Port

Only for the LI-ETH and XnTcp sub library.
The hostname must be a TCP/IP address or a solvable DNS name.


CTS Flow & LI-USB

The LI-USB manual says to use no hardware handshake, but if buffer overflows are encountered or unexpected communication errors it is recommended to set this to CTS.
Uncheck the handshake if the no communication is possible.

Type

Product Type SubLib Remark Tested
Lenz LI100 LI101F default RS232 Interface Sensors are not reported!
Not supported.
Lenz LI101*, GCA139 LI101F default RS232 Interface OK
Lenz LI-USB², Lenz interface 23151 LI-USB usb USB, without handshake.¹ OK
OpenDCC OpenDCC opendcc USB OK
XnTcp XnTcp xntcp TCP/IP (Not usable for time critical communication.) OK
Hornby Elite Elite elite USB OK
CtTran CtTran cttran Same implementation as 'default'. OK
Lenz interface 23151 LI-ETH ethernet TCP/IP OK

¹) Depends on the device driver and operating system; Runs well with activated handshake under Mac OS X Lion.
²) Replaced by Lenz interface 23151.

Options

Power on at startup

The default startup power state is off. You can change this behavior by checking this option.

Fastclock

Some XpressNet Command Stations, like OpenDCC, are supporting the fast clock operation.
Check this if Rocrail should send this command every layout minute.

Power on state for accessory commands

The LZV only have a small buffer for stacking accessory commands at power off. It will reply with “Busy” messages if there is no more room for more commands.
Check the position of all switches after power off on a ghost train event in automatic mode before turning power back on.

V2

Locomotive address is in the range 0 to 99.

Support for XpressNet Version 2.x Loco commands:

  • Lenz LZ100 V2.3
  • Arnold Central Control 82200


Switch time

Time in milliseconds between on/off.
100ms are recommended.


Sensor adressing

Sensor addressing in Rocrail is always flat while in XpressNet it is module based. Therefore the following calculation is needed:

Rocrail address = ( XpressNet address - 1) * 8 + port - 1

Where the XpressNet address is the address of the module in the range of [1..128] and port refering to the input connector [1..8] of the module.

Addresses for feedback tasks in XpressNet are located from 1 to 128. Moreover the feedback address area is subdivided into two areas:

  • Address 1 to 64 is reserved for turnout decoders with feedback function
  • Address 65 to 128 is for sensors like occupancy detectors

Thus, the first sensor module has address 65 in XpressNet and the address of the first sensor of the first module in Rocrail is 512!

Example

XpressNet
address
Ports
from..to
Rocrail address
from..to
1 1..8 0..7
2 1..8 8..15
64 1..8 504..511
65 1..8 512..519
66 1..8 520..527


and so on …


Accessory Decoder Address

You can set up the address in Rocrail style, or else in the more cool PADA Style. In this way the address of the decoder will match with the address in your LH* handheld.

e.g. ExpressNet decoder address 12 = Rocrail Address 0 Port 9 (in the Interface tab for the Properties of turnouts/switch)

Polling throttles

To activate polling throttles for updating Rocrail clients this option can be set for each induvidual loco: Poll info.


Outputs

If the accessory option is set the output will automatically be set to OFF after 10ms.


Mobile Decoders

Speed steps

Supported Speed Steps:

  • 14
  • 28
  • 127


Manuals


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